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Education in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire is one of the most highly performing education authorities in England. Schools consistently achieve standards well above national averages. The county is committed to providing high-quality education and support for all children in every school and setting, from early years through to further education.

With effect from June 2018 Ofsted are using a new methodology of calculating the statistics.  If there is a direct 1:1 link between a school with no current judgement and a predecessor school then the last judgement of the predecessor school is now ‘carried over’ to the new school. This has had the effect of lowering the percentage of good/outstanding schools across the UK. Therefore June 2018 data onwards is not comparable with previous months and these changes are demonstrated within the graphs.

Not only is Hertfordshire a fantatic place to teach, it is a desirable setting to have a family and educate your own children. With over 520 publically funded schools, ranging from rural to urban settings, there is a wealth of choice for finding the perfect job and developing your career.

Herts for Learning

With over 520 shareholder schools, Herts for Learning Ltd (HfL) is the UK’s largest schools’ company. HfL launched in September 2013 and 98.8% of schools in Hertfordshire now own a share in the company. HfL is a financially sustainable, not for profit business, dedicated to raising standards in teaching and reinvesting in children.

HfL provides flexible, high-quality teaching, learning, leadership and business support to schools and education settings in Hertfordshire and beyond. The company helps outstanding schools remain outstanding and good settings to become great. It has a strong track record of supporting schools in making rapid required improvements in the journey to good or better.

In September 2019 Ofsted launched the new Education Inspection Framework. Under the new framework the judgement for ‘personal development, behaviour and welfare’ no longer exists. Instead there are now two separate judgements for ‘behaviour and attitudes’ and ‘personal development’. Although there have been relatively few inspections under the new framework, the data for Hertfordshire schools to date looks very promising:

Through Herts for Learning and the Teaching School Alliances, Hertfordshire provides a comprehensive and full range of continuing professional development for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) through to headteachers. Together they offer fantastic career development opportunities for ambitious, talented individuals, in a beautiful and varied county bordering London.

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